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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Newsletter - May 2017

SfK Newsletter Vol. 2017-05
May 10, 2017
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"For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross."
(Colossians 1:19,20)

 


As announced last month, SfK Ministries intends to share a series of excerpts from the book The Missional Entrepreneur by Mark Russell due to the relevance of this book for missional businesses. This is the first of the series. 

Four Realms of Brokenness
The Bible begins with God creating the world, giving life to Adam and Eve, assigning them tasks, and walking with them in the Garden of Eden. However, in the biblical account of events, this situation does not last very long. Deceived by the serpent, Eve eats the fruit of the forbidden tree and Adam, knowing better, follows her lead. The result is what is historically called the Fall of humankind. There were several curses that came about due to the Fall. These curses demonstrate areas of brokenness in our world. Read more HERE.    

MINISTRY UPDATES
  • Jeffrey traveled to New York and met with several Kingdom Fellows. An important trading point coordinator has been identified who will cover New York and New Jersey to establish a network of trading posts for SfK Ministries trade flow. So far, trading posts have been established in New York, Los Angeles, Korea, Thailand and Spain.
  • Jeffrey submitted an article titled, "Creative Finance to Support the Socially Disadvantaged For Self-Reliance," to the IBA Leaders Forum, which will be held in June 2017.
  • Jeffrey traveled to Los Angeles to prepare for the upcoming SfK Life board meeting and the BAM class to be held at the World Mission University in May 2017.  
  • Meetings with potential supporters for SfK Ministries will take place around Los Angeles over the next few weeks.  
 

UPCOMING EVENTS & PRAYER REQUESTS
  1. May 13, 2017:  SfK Life Board meeting is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles.  Please pray that the meeting will be fruitful in moving forward in the right direction of SfK Ministries.
  2. May 8-19, 2017:  SfK Ministries will lead a BAM class at World Mission University in Los Angeles for two weeks. Please pray that this class will inspire students to see God's will in business.  
  3. June 19-21, 2017:  IBA Leaders Forum is scheduled to take place at Sorak Kensington Hotel. Jeffrey will be the keynote speaker on a theme of Creative Financing to Support the Socially Disadvantaged for Self-Reliance. His article will be part of a book that will be published out of the forum. Please pray that the forum will help sharpen each attendee.
  4. June 23-24, 2017:  IBA Conference is scheduled in Seoul, Korea. Jeffrey will participate as a BAM Prism speaker. Please pray that the event will draw many people and give attendees a clear understanding and passionate desire for BAM.
  5. August 3, 2017:  SfK Korea will hold the first board meetingPlease pray that the board meeting will be fruitful.  
 
ADDITIONAL PRAYER REQUESTS
 
Seeking Kingdom Fellows:  
SfK Ministries is actively seeking Kingdom Fellows in the following areas:  
  • Accounting Professionals to lead Accounting Shared Services and oversee financial matters of SfK Ministries.
  • Regional Directors for Resource Development in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta, Memphis, Dallas.
 
Seeking Missional Businesses: 
SfK Ministries is actively seeking missional businesses that produce or intend to produce significant Kingdom impact in the lives of people they serve who are in need of professional support for intellectual and financial resources. Please contact us at info@sfklife.org.  Currently, our focus is on Thailand, Rwanda, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Tanzania. Please pray that SfK Ministries is effective in identifying and empowering these impactful missional businesses.

If God has given you talent and experience in these roles, and has called you to serve His Kingdom or if you know someone who fits into this profile, please contact us at SfK Ministries: info@sfklife.org. We may provide you with the opportunity to put such talent and experiences to use in serving His Kingdom. Please pray that God sends these Kingdom Fellows to help meet the growing and necessary needs.

Seeking Kingdom Impact Investors:
If God has entrusted you with financial resources that may be used for producing significant Kingdom impact, please contact us at info@sfklife.orgPlease pray that God motivates these Kingdom Impact Investors to use the resources wisely according to His will and may SfK Ministries be one of the right channels for such use.
 
 
We pray that God bless you abundantly and we also seek your intercessory prayer.
 
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Wealth Creation Manifesto

This has been copied from www.matstunehag.com.
The Bible talks about wealth in three ways; one is bad and two are good. Hoarding of wealth is condemned. Sharing of wealth is encouraged. Wealth creation is both a godly gift and command, and there is no wealth to be shared unless it has been created. But all too often the issue of wealth creation is misunderstood, neglected, or even rejected. The same thing applies to wealth creators.
The Global Consultation on The Role of Wealth Creation for Holistic Transformation aimed at addressing that. During the Consultation process 2016 – 2017 we discussed various aspects of wealth creation, including justice, poverty, Biblical foundation, wealth creators, stewardship of creation and the role of the church. The findings will be published in several papers and a book, as well as an educational video.
The Manifesto enclosed below conveys the essentials of our deliberations before and during the Consultation. (Click here for pdf file Wealth Creation Manifesto)
To see the original posting and a short introduction to three other global consultations that also have dealt with issues related to wealth creation, click here. There are excerpts from their respective Manifesto, Declaration and Statement, as well as links.

Wealth Creation Manifesto

Background
The Lausanne Movement and BAM Global organized a Global Consultation on The Role of Wealth Creation for Holistic Transformation, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in March 2017. About 30 people from 20 nations participated, primarily from the business world, and also from church, missions and academia. The findings will be published in several papers and a book, as well as an educational video. This Manifesto conveys the essentials of our deliberations before and during the Consultation.
Affirmations
  1. Wealth creation is rooted in God the Creator, who created a world that flourishes with abundance and diversity.
  2. We are created in God’s image, to co-create with Him and for Him, to create products and services for the common good.
  3. Wealth creation is a holy calling, and a God-given gift, which is commended in the Bible.
  4. Wealth creators should be affirmed by the Church, and equipped and deployed to serve in the marketplace among all peoples and nations.
  5. Wealth hoarding is wrong, and wealth sharing should be encouraged, but there is no wealth to be shared unless it has been created.
  6. There is a universal call to generosity, and contentment is a virtue, but material simplicity is a personal choice, and involuntary poverty should be alleviated.
  7. The purpose of wealth creation through business goes beyond giving generously, although that is to be commended; good business has intrinsic value as a means of material provision and can be an agent of positive transformation in society.
  8. Business has a special capacity to create financial wealth, but also has the potential to create different kinds of wealth for many stakeholders, including social, intellectual, physical and spiritual wealth.
  9. Wealth creation through business has proven power to lift people and nations out of poverty.
  10. Wealth creation must always be pursued with justice and a concern for the poor, and should be sensitive to each unique cultural context.
  11. Creation care is not optional. Stewardship of creation and business solutions to environmental challenges should be an integral part of wealth creation through business.
Appeal
We present these affirmations to the Church worldwide, and especially to leaders in business, church, government, and academia.
  • We call the church to embrace wealth creation as central to our mission of holistic transformation of peoples and societies.
  • We call for fresh, ongoing efforts to equip and launch wealth creators to that very end.
  • We call wealth creators to perseverance, diligently using their God-given gifts to serve God and people.
Ad maiorem Dei gloriam – For the greater glory of God

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Four Realms of Brokenness

This is the first excerpt from The Missional Entrepreneur by Mark Russell.

Four Realms of Brokenness

The Bible begins with God creating the world, giving life to Adam and Eve, assigning them tasks, and walking with them in the Garden of Eden. However, in the biblical account of events, this situation does not last very long. Deceived by the serpent, Eve eats the fruit of the forbidden tree and Adam, knowing better, follows her lead. The result is what is historically called the Fall of humankind. There were several curses that came about due to the Fall. These curses demonstrate areas of brokenness in our world. The four realms of brokenness are:

Abundance: God gave Adam and Eve access to abundant resources (Genesis 1:28–29) for their well-being. With the Fall, these resources became scarce (Genesis 3:17).

Relationships: God created Eve since it was not good for Adam to be alone. We were created for fruitful relationships. With the Fall, these relationships became contentious (Genesis 3:16).

Creation: God created a world that was “very good” (Genesis 1:31). With the Fall, humankind’s relationship with the rest of creation became antagonistic (Genesis 3:17–19).

Spiritual: Adam and Eve were created to be in relationship with God. With the Fall, this relationship was fractured (Genesis 3:23–24).

These four areas of brokenness refer to, in more contemporary language, four spheres of life: economic (the provision of goods and services to humankind), social (relationship and community with one another), environmental (creation and our relationship to it), and spiritual (our unique relationship with the triune God). All of these areas are broken.

            God is on a mission to reconcile all four realms of brokenness. God’s mission of reconciliation has come to us through Jesus Christ: “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in [Christ], and through [Christ] to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross” (Colossians 1:19–20).

            Christ humbly came to earth and called us into God’s mission for the reconciliation of all things, to bring forth the kingdom of God, and to ensure that God’s will is “done on earth as it is in heaven.” This is a big mission and followers of Christ should be humbled that we have the privilege of participating in it.

            Generally, when we talk about God’s mission, there is a focus on the aforementioned spiritual aspect of the world’s brokenness, namely our fractured relationship with God Himself. Churches everywhere rightly emphasize that only Christ can restore this relationship. May we never dismiss or underemphasize this foundational truth for life and eternity.

            However, in many places, there is no direct talk about healing the other three areas of brokenness or any acknowledgement that this necessary healing is also part of the mission to which God has called us. And even when there is that recognition, there is often an absence of any tangible, real-life solution or response.


            Thankfully, there is change in the air and much of it is good. Christians everywhere are waking up to the tremendous oppression that comes through poverty, hunger, lack of clean water, preventable diseases, absence of education, environmental degradation, and other social problems that are simply reflections of these aforementioned areas of brokenness.

If you are interested in reading the full text, please look for the book: The Missional Entrepreneur by Mark Russell. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Newsletter - April 2017

SfK Newsletter Vol. 2017-04
April 12, 2017
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"God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in numbers: fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."
(Genesis 1:28)
 

 
A Reflection on Profitability and Productivity
By Jeffrey J. Lee, CEO of SfK Ministries

We tend to review and interpret God's Word spiritually. Rightfully so. But if the interpretation of the Scripture is confined only to the spiritual realm, we may miss the implication and message of certain concepts that are applicable to business as a high and holy calling for serving the needs of humanity. 
Although business is a secular entity, it can be a means of service or worship to God.  However good our intentions, it is prone to temptations for misuse or abuse.  To further illustrate this point, we use water as an example of something that is good in essence and necessary for life.  However, when there is too much, it causes devastating floods.  Too little water causes drought.  Waterborne diseases and can harm humans or other living things.  In the same way, when businesses fall to being misused it can bring harm to people in many forms.  So, how can we mitigate these negative aspects/outcomes with the benefits that we see in the world?  Christians have been called to being the ambassadors of Christ on reconciling the world, all things in it, to God. (2 Corinthians 5:18-20).  We must have a view of business as a means of worship, to serve those that God intends for us to serve.

Before sin entered humanity, God's perfect world, the Garden of Eden, was functioning with the principles of productivity and profitability.  Profitability and productivity are two concepts that are frequently used in the business world. Some extremists tend to view profitability and even productivity as something inherently bad because they are associated with business. But even these critics benefit from businesses and the products and services that businesses provide.

In Genesis 1:28, as cited above, God commanded Adam and Eve to be fruitful (productive and profitable) and subdue the earth. The word 'Subdue' means to create benefits for themselves or be profitable. In other words, these 'business' concepts existed even before humanity polluted themselves and the world with sin. The concepts are inherently good in God's eyes. But sin contaminated them and human greed fell into temptation to make these inherently good concepts have the perception of being something that is generally bad.

We Christians who are on the call and pathway for reconciling the world and everything in it to God have a mandate to restore these crooked and twisted concepts to God's originally intended meanings.

We are on the journey to restore and reconcile everything that has turned bad due to sin, including business concepts, such as profitability and productivity, This mandate is not just for missional entrepreneurs or business people, but also for all Christians. Obedience is what is expected of us.

In this issue, we share the Foreword written by Dr. Tony Merida, Teaching Pastor, Temple Baptist Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The link is below.  http://sfkministries.blogspot.com/2017/04/foreward-by-dr-tony-merida-on-missional.html 
The Missional Entrepreneur:

Mark Russell is a businessman, a scholar and a seminary trainer minister. His passion is in bringing values to people and His Kingdom through business as mission. He put his passion into a book, titled "The Missional Entrepreneur: Principles and Practices for Business as Mission." It is a book that is a must-read for anyone who is interested in serving the Lord and His Kingdom through business as mission. SfK Newsletter is going to share some excerpts from his book going forward. Mark serves as a member of the board of directors at SfK Life Corporation. 

MINISTRY UPDATES
 
  • Lausanne Consultation on Wealth Creation for Holistic Transformation (March 7-11, 2017, Chiang Mai, Thailand).  After several months of pre-consultation meetings, a group of 30 people from 16 nations gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand to present the papers in 7 sub-groups and provided feedbacks for each other. The Consultation adopted the draft of Wealth Creation Manifesto and will publish 7 articles that will eventually turn into a book. It was an exciting gathering to bring knowledge, wisdom, and insights on wealth creation into writings. Click HERE to see pictures and read more about this gathering.   
  • Special Dedication Service for SfK Korea and SfK BAM Fund I (March 16, 2017, Seoul, Korea).  Almost 100 people gathered to dedicate SfK Korea and SfK BAM Fund I to the Lord. Almost every Korean who is involved in BAM participated in this special celebration. Those who desire to make an impact investment in the Kingdom of God through missional business, please contact Dr. William Son at wson@sfklife.org. Click HERE to read the story and see the photos of this special event. 
  • SfK Ministries Korean Webpage is now up and running. Coinciding with the launch of SfK Korea, the Korean webpage of SfK Ministries is now up and running. Please browse www.sfkministries.org
  • Skybay Thailand held the second anniversary celebration in Bangkok (March 23, 2017). Skybay Thailand is the implementing member of SfK Ministries in Thailand. This company and its sister foundation, Thai Miracle Community or TMC, celebrated their second anniversary with an unusual ensemble concert of classical music and Christian hip hop dancing. This event was carried at a Thai Cultural Center in Bangkok and several other ministries or organizations jointly participated in the celebration. Approximately 300 people attended the event.
  • SfK MBA Seminar in Bangkok (March 27, 28, 2017) A handful of missional entrepreneurs received an intensive education seminar on effective management of BAM. It is a journey to become an effective missional entrepreneur. Learning should never be stopped because life never stops teaching.
  • 6. SfK MBA Training in Kigali, Rwanda. (April 3-7, 2017, Kigali, Rwanda) SfK Ministries held its first training session in Kigali, Rwanda. Seven missional entrepreneurs in Kigali and two from Arusha, Tanzania attended this intensive course and received their certificates of completion. Seven missional entrepreneurs are in the process of establishing a medical center and an 18-room guest house. The buildings are currently under construction and they plan to begin the operations on January 1st, 2018. There will be a follow up training session in October.  To view more story and photos from the training, click HERE.  
 

UPCOMING EVENTS & PRAYER REQUESTS
  1. BAM Class at World Mission University (May 8-19, 2017, Los Angeles, California) World Mission University and SfK Ministries will jointly offer a BAM Class that will be offered to the students for a grade as well as to the general public. Anyone who is interested in attending this evening class (6-10pm for 10 days) should register with the office of World Mission University. Jeffrey Lee will be the primary lecturer but a handful of guest speakers will also teach, such as Mark Russell and Tom Phillips. Please pray that this class will produce lasting impact in many people to bring honor and glory to God. 
  2. SfK Breakfast in Los Angeles (May 2-19, 2017, Los Angeles and its vicinity) While Jeffrey Lee will be in Los Angeles, there will be numerous breakfasts to be sponsored and held at various locations. During this time, short presentations will be made to the participants about BAM and SfK Ministries. Please pray that God will mobilize many people to be interested in hosting and participating in the events that will be fruitful.
  3. International Business (BAM) Alliance (IBA) Forum, Sorak, Korea, (June 19-21, 2017) This forum provides a fertile ground for scholars and practitioners to come together to share their insights about various aspects of BAM. All the presentations will be collected into a book for others to benefit from. Jeffrey Lee will participate as one of keynote speakers and a contributor in writing. Please pray that this forum will be insightful and productive so that the outcome will benefit many BAMers and potential missional entrepreneurs. 
  4. IBA Nemo House (Neo Moravian House) in Seoul, Korea (July 3-28, 2017) IBA is the de facto platform on BAM for mission agencies and churches in Korea. IBA will hold its second year BAM training course for commissioned missionaries or BAM practitioners. If you are interested, please register at the IBA.  Please pray that many effective BAM practitioners will be produced out of this training program.
  5. There is strong probability of SfK MBA Training in Chiang Mai, Thailand in September and in Kigali, Rwanda in October. Details need to be ironed out, but if and when they materialize, the September training may become an annual program and the October training would be the first training program held in cooperation with a church denomination. Please pray that these events will gain God's favor and materialize into reality.
 
 
 
Until we get back in contact with you, may God's peace be with you!
 
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

SfK MBA Training Kigali April 2017...


I made a 12-day trip back to Kigali, Rwanda after I stopped over in Bangkok for a few days. The primary purpose of the trip was to provide a 5-day or 30-hour training on BAM for Nanuri community people. This program is called SfK Missional Business Academy (MBA) Training. It could be provided in different length and 30-hour program is a short one. Naturally I had to cut out many hands-on practices.


They have the Nanuri Medical Center and Nanuri Guest House under construction and expect to begin the commercial operation in January 2018. So the training was timely in getting them prepared for the operations. The attendees were Sang Hoon Lee, Song Hee Lee, Jun Bum Park, Jieyeon Baek, Kihyun Kim, Ji Man Park and Hee Ju Lee, altogether forming the Nanuri Community. Nanuri means "Share" in Korean.


Sang Hoon Lee, Managing Director and Song Hee Lee, Director for Guest House

Nanuri Medical Center

Dr. Jiyeon Baek, Pediatrician, and Dr. Jun Bum Park, Physician 

A couple from Arusha, Tanzania also attended the training: Sung Soo Kim and Youngsoon Kim. They are advising the leadership team of E3Empower Africa that provides energy, education and entrepreneurship for Tanzania and beyond in Africa.


When I arrived in Kigali, I was still coughing and the cold that I caught in Seoul turned into a bad allergy. It turned out to be an excellent idea that I went to see Dr. Tommy for diagnosis and medicine. After taking the medicine that he prescribed for me, I became a lot better. Even after five days of speaking for six hours a day, I was still able to speak without failure. Thanks to God's grace!

All participated in the training sincerely and eagerly. We spent two days to cover the Biblical framework for business, BAM's significance in the world missions, Global trends in world missions, Glorifying God through business, Essential values for a BAM, Essential components for missional entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship principles and processes etc. Once we get into studying technical aspects of business management, all began to excel. Within two hours, two groups were able to produce pro forma income statement for the first twelve months. Also, both groups were able to analyze the SWOTs of their intended businesses and also actions to take.



At the end, all received the Certificate of Completion and promised to apply what they learned to their daily business practices. I look forward to hearing more about the progress they will make.


The Nanuri Community showed great hospitality with dinner arrangement for each night. I had to decline the offer but one dinner from each family. Mr. and Mrs. Kim and I reciprocated their hospitality by inviting their family members to dinner also. I appreciated their hospitality.



Dan Mutiganda, lawyer and my former colleague at UOB also came to talk about New Labor Law in Rwanda as part of Human Resources Management training. He is a great man of God and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing him again.

Pastor Innocent of the Kigali Diocese of Anglican Church in Rwanda participated in a few afternoon sessions at the advice of the Bishop Louis Muvuni, the bishop for the Kigali Diocese. We discussed about holding a two-week training on BAM for up to 15 people in October 2017. It is my hope and prayer that we can develop 3-5 trainers who can train Rwandans in Kinyarwanda later on. We will see what the Lord has in mind.


I stayed at the Happy House, a guest house run by Kristin's friend. The facility was somewhat old and the bathroom was not functioning properly, but the breakfast that she prepared for us was fantastic and the view of the Kigali city was stunning. The sunset view was also fantastic. Kigali has a beautiful weather.




Kristin and I lived in Kigali for almost eight (8) years and the city has become one of our second homes. I will surely miss the city and the country. - Jeffrey